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Robert DykesFeb. 16, 2015 - 11:51AM JST
Top Ten Rural areas... in other words 1/5 of Japan.
I have visited every single prefecture in Japan, many of them at least twice. From my travels basically 4/5th of Japan is amazing rural places that anyone could find a nice beautiful peaceful place to settle down. Not to mention they are just listing massive prefecture. Take a place like Kyoto-fu. The top half is massive beautiful inaka, the bottom half is what people think of Kyoto. Ishikawa has Kanazawa. A huge bustling city and the biggest tourist spot in the Hokuriku area. It also has the rural and amazing Noto Pennsylvania. Hokkaido is the single largest rural prefecture in all of Japan yet is home to Japans 3rd largest city.
Posted in: The top 10 rural regions of Japan that Tokyo residents would like to move to
Robert DykesFeb. 15, 2015 - 10:41AM JST
"Honda products in the late 80s were absolutely amazing. They were at the top of their game back then. Now it's just plastic junk, with relatively good engines."
This goes without saying. That is what Ito is trying to turn around. When Honda was making AMAZING cars in the 80s and early 90's Honda was being run by an engineer. Then someone from the accounting department took over in the 90's. They turned Honda into a horrible company that made below par cars and hardly any innovations. It took a while to phase out there good cars, so Honda still had some decent models through the late 90's and they held onto the s2000 until early 2000s. After the s2000 ceased production, Hondas last decent cars rolled off the line. Ito, another engineer, is trying his best to bring back the Honda that we all loved from the 80s and 90s. If you go to car enthusiast website, they are begging honda to let this guy try to complete his vision. New NSX is coming. New Type-R. New two door roadster. Back in F1. It is the best news to come from Honda in 15 years!
Posted in: Honda CEO shrugs off critics; will see through his supply reforms
Robert DykesFeb. 09, 2015 - 11:36PM JST
Someone on twitter was pointing out that Beck plays 14 different instruments but Beyonce needs 4 song writers for one song. So yeah... Saying Beck isn't artsy. The number of artists still making killers records for as long as beck has is WELL into the double digits now, if not the low dozens.
Posted in: Kanye West slams Beck's Grammy win
Robert DykesFeb. 09, 2015 - 11:33PM JST
'Probably could not swim either"
You have never been swimming in cold water have you. I jumped in a river once that was MUCH colder than I was expected. I could literately feel the blood leaving my arms and legs and rushing to my chest. I could barely move my arms or legs and could barely swim. I had to fight ten times harder than I was expecting against a weak current. Panic comes quickly.
I can pretty much promise you the ocean today in Hyogo was MUCH colder than that river I jumped in and the ocean currents and waves were MUCH stronger than a barely moving river I jumped in. Not to mention they were in their underwear.
Posted in: 2 men filming comedy video for wedding ceremony swept out to sea in Hyogo
Robert DykesFeb. 04, 2015 - 12:23AM JST
"threat by the Islamic State to kill more Japanese citizens."
Wow. I mean these guys are text book "terrorists". The have threaten to invade Russia, Germany, and Canada. They advocate slavery. They love beheadings. Now they threaten to kill more Japanese just because what? Japan tried to get its citizens back through peaceful means. Now they need metal masks, green capes, and a diabolic laugh.
Posted in: Japan steps up border control measures after IS threat
Robert DykesJan. 18, 2015 - 11:00PM JST
".... is that some people are genuinely afraid of earthquakes! One of my best friends refuses to come and visit me here for that reason."
Not so sure about that..... 1/5 of the entire USA population lives in California.... by choice.
Posted in: Why is Japan such an unpopular tourist destination?
Robert DykesJan. 15, 2015 - 10:49PM JST
"Sony cashes in, pretty obvious"
ummm. Yeah. I am pretty sure that is what businesses try to do. Make money.
Posted in: Sony announces DVD 'Freedom Edition' of 'The Interview'
Robert DykesNov. 16, 2014 - 01:02PM JST
dumb. lets see the world in only black and white. that always works out
Posted in: Okinawans vote for governor with Futenma base as focal point
Robert DykesNov. 05, 2014 - 11:04AM JST
Mine is set to 25. What is the point of a modern world and society if we live with midevil notions of being too cold or too hot. Ummm. How about not creating so much trash m. Per capita Japan is one of the most trash producing countries in the entire world. Per capita worse than the USA. People will set their heat to 20, be freezing. But drink 5 CANS of coffee. Creating more trash. Why not make a pot of coffee?
The cool biz and warm biz is to help the government and aging power infrastructures that no one wants to fix. It's not for you, for the people.
Do you realize that the goverment has basicly stopped all green energy incentives!? Why don't they fix that before making us suffer? Do you know why green energy incentives have stopped?
Posted in: Warm Biz campaign kicks off across Japan
Robert DykesNov. 04, 2014 - 10:24AM JST
It's not really a big deal. I am from New Orleans. Ever been to Mardi Gra??? The place gets absolutely trashed. Not once but after each and every parade! Over a weeks worth. At the end of every parade he cleaning crew is already there. After its all over the city does an even more thorough cleaning. Let the people have some carefree fun, but just be ready to clean up after them and not complain about it.
Posted in: Halloween revelers turn Shibuya into garbage dump
Robert DykesSep. 06, 2014 - 04:48PM JST
Agreed with above comment. My wife and I only have 1 bicycle, one kei, and one motorcycle. We can't afford a white plate. I used to have one and we just could not afford it anymore. It would sure would be nice to afford the more expensive car payments, insurance, car tax, and shaken. With the motorcycle i understand and except the increased danger, with the kei we simply can't afford to upgrade.
Posted in: Couple killed in Miyagi car crash
Robert DykesApr. 01, 2014 - 09:58AM JST
I get paid pennies. Its okay. I get 4 months off paid vacation every year. Needless to say I cut my own hair.
Posted in: Getting a haircut in Japan: A survival guide
Robert DykesFeb. 25, 2014 - 08:45AM JST
Seriously racist! Usually I don't let "racism"'in Japan bother me too much because most of the times it's just because of ignorance from living in a box your whole life. But this! This bugs me. I don't know you about you, but I saw a ton of those prank photos online. NONE were gaijin. But HERE all, save maybe the one in the middle are obviously gaijin.
Posted in: No pranks
Robert DykesJun. 27, 2013 - 05:06PM JST
This is really funny. but I actually agree with him. but you cant fight the nature of language.
Robert DykesJun. 21, 2013 - 10:25AM JST
"coffee in moderation". DRINK UP! it is a MYTH that coffee is bad for your stomach or your heart. Coffee has TONS of anti oxidants MORE than green tea. and caffeine is GREAT for you! The average person can have 600mg of caffeine a day and not worry at all. That is 6 CUPS of strong black coffee worth. It is the cream and sugar that bad for you.
Posted in: Are pre-cut vegetables doing our bodies more harm than good?
Robert DykesJun. 12, 2013 - 08:54AM JST
well.... salt and vinegar may be best with "chips"
but with french fries is always best with ktechup
and if you are eating frites ( pommes de terre frites) then they are often best with mayonnaise
and if you are eating papas fritas then a spicy tomato sauce is best.
OF COURSE they are all the same thing and is dependent on where you are from.
BTW, the BEST french I have ever had are from local kaiten sushi place.
Posted in: French fries with sushi? An experiment in multicultural dining
Robert DykesJun. 12, 2013 - 08:48AM JST
JUST an FYI: What a politicain does for the good of their country, self gain, or for their party often has NOTHING to do with their personal views.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was AGAINST legalizing gay marriage in Calofirina even though he was for gay marriage. He married two gay coleouges in his office while he was governor.
Posted in: Abe's wife says she is anti-nuclear
Robert DykesJun. 11, 2013 - 10:21PM JST
"This is Sony's last shot - if the screw it up, they're gone. " this isnrt really true at all.
At the very moment Sony is looking at the possibility of dividing up the company. Entertainment (including PlayStation) separate from Electronics devison. Sony PlayStation, Sony music, and Sony movies are making cash. Electronics is not.
So if they separate the company... then this "last shot" you are talking about is non existent. Sony is worth BILLIONS. their company has only been loosing millions for the past ten years, a small percentage and they posted a profit this year... not to mention they sold BILLIONS in relastate holdings, basically giving them LOTS of room to meanrevue. Sony is no danger whatsoever. They have already won the next console war (and this coming from a xbox 360 fan) and even if they dont, Sony will be just fine.
Posted in: Sony pulls back curtain on new PS4 console
Robert DykesJun. 08, 2013 - 12:02PM JST
Don't worry about drunk driving! I mean.... Japan has MORE per capita drunk driving deaths than the USA. strange because they have ZERO alcohol driving limit, overall MUCH lower speed limits. What does that tell you. MORE drunk drivers on the road. no seatbelts. etc etc etc.
BUT if you are epileptic, about .0000001% of the population. YOU BETTER WATCH OUT. the j-gov is out to get ya!
Robert DykesJun. 07, 2013 - 07:52AM JST
Posted in: Big Bang to be first foreign group to make 6-dome tour of Japan
Mar. 02, 2015 - 05:51AM JST
Nothing taken away from Prince William, but he seems to be getting a lot more press…
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Mar. 02, 2015 - 05:50AM JST
And I'm telling you that the problem isn't the needles but, as the article repeatedly points…
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Mar. 02, 2015 - 05:49AM JST
Listing areas that are not fundamentalist and then saying you've never been segregated when dining with…
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Mar. 02, 2015 - 05:15AM JST
erbaviva: When the bombing became so fierce and the Japanese can not run because of the…
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Mar. 02, 2015 - 05:14AM JST
This is only all a publicity stunt to promote the future rise and roles of…
Posted in: Prince William meets tsunami survivors in Miyagi